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CBA North’s next event: AGM 2017

CBA North News
Hard on the heels of our Conference/Workshop ‘Summarising and Sustaining’ yesterday, we have notice of our own AGM below.

Our thanks to all the speakers and audience at yesterday’s event, as well as to our hosts the Department of Archaeology, Newcastle University, for the day. We hope everyone enjoyed the day. It has given us plenty to think on for the AGM and we would like to continue on the afternoon’s discussions on to take forward the many thoughts and comments made. Some comments have already been made to our Twitter account @CBANorth and we welcome further ones from those there and, unfortunately, unable to attend.

It is again hoped that as many of our members and group members can attend these events as possible – we are the regional group for archaeological groups and individuals. Though across the North and with many interests, groups and sectors across the archaeological and historical world and ourselves, we are all interested in the past. Again details, and the booking forms, can be found on our website in the page AGM 2017.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 30.04.2017

Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2017 – announcement

                                                                               Council for British Archaeology North
                                                                     c/o The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle
                                                                                        Great North Museum: Hancock
                                                                                                                     Barras Bridge
                                                                                                        Newcastle upon Tyne
                                                                                                                             NE2 4PT
29 April 2017
Dear CBA North Members,

Re: Notice of CBA North Annual General Meeting, Saturday 20 May 2017

I am writing to give you the formal notice of our Annual General Meeting which will be from 10.30am on Saturday 20 May 2017. This will be in the Council Room of the Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT (see https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk/ for more). We will have notices to indicate the way.
 
Business will begin promptly at 10.30am. The agenda is given below. A summary of the 2016 AGM will be available on our website soon and an email sent out drawing your attention to this new addition once online. Please print out the booking form below (also available on our website) to confirm your attendance, or send apologies in, for this meeting.

Currently there are vacancies and gaps in the coverage of issues by Committee due to changes in position, location and work of current members. Some gaps are long-standing, others newer. If you are interested in covering the academic or commercial sectors, maritime/nautical archaeology, museums, and making links to the Young Archaeologists Clubs and other youth groups for us, we would urge you to get involved or nominate people that committee can approach to co-opt this year.

Nevertheless CBA North Committee, as at any other time, welcome thoughts on what you think CBA North should be doing during 2017. If you would like to raise an issue at the AGM please let us know at least seven days before the meeting.

Our AGM takes a different form this year. Previously we invited local archaeological groups to report upon their past and planned activities (though only a few took up this offer). As the AGM is hot on the heels of our Conference/Workshop, we will discussing that day and how we can take things forward from that. The morning business will be followed by a talk from Andrew Agate and Ben Westwood, recently appointed Finds Liaison Officers covering the eastern side of our region, who will deal with their Portable Antiquities Scheme-based work.

We will then break for lunch before reconvening at 2.00pm for tours of our venue. These will be led by Andrew Parkin, a curator at the museum, for a behind the scenes tour of the museum, and Howard Cleeve, Hon. Assistant Librarian, The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, who will give an introduction to the Society’s collection in the library.

I would be most grateful if you could let me know whether you will be attending the meeting. Please print, complete both parts and return the booking form so it reaches me by Saturday 13 May 2017 at the very latest.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Elliott, Secretary, CBA North

Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2017 Agenda
Registered Charity Number 1098854

NOTICE is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Charity to be held at Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT on Saturday 20 May 2017 at 10.30 am precisely for the following purposes:

1          to receive and consider the final accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017
2          to receive and consider the annual report for the year ended 31 March 2017
3          to have a discussion on the CBA North event Summarising and Sustaining
4          in the notification of new CBA North committee members
5          CBA North Advocacy
6          any other business notified to the Chairman at least seven days in advance of the                           meeting or business from the floor
 
By order of the committee
                                                                                                Richard Forster
                                                                                                CBA North Chair
                                                                                                Dated 29 April 2017

1. Any member of the charity aged 18 and over is entitled to vote at the AGM. Organisational members are entitled to one vote and should appoint a representative to vote on their behalf.

2. Any member of the charity aged 18 and over who is entitled to attend, speak and vote at the above mentioned meeting may appoint a proxy to attend, speak and, on a poll, vote instead of that member. A proxy need not be a member of the charity.

Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2017 – booking form


Please return this booking form by 13 May 2017!

Booking form:
Name/s: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Telephone: ………………………. Email address: ……………………………………………………………………………… 

Morning session:
Please indicate clearly ALL those of the following that apply to you or your group:
 

  • I/we will be attending the CBA North AGM on 20 May 2017 (if for a group member please say which that you will be representing) ……………………………………………………………………………….………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I/we will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 20 May 2017 and wish to nominate the Chair as my proxy.
  • I/we will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 20 May 2017 and wish to nominate ………………………………………………………………………. as my proxy

 

  • I/we will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 20 May 2017 and do not wish to nominate a proxy.

 
Afternoon session:
Please indicate clearly ALL those of the following that apply to you or your group by giving the number of places you would like. (If there is a large attendance then we will divide the group into two which will take alternate turns for both tours):
 

  • I/we would like to attend the behind the scenes tour of the GNM: Hancock on the afternoon of 20 May 2017 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
  • I/we would like to attend the tour of The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne’s library on the afternoon of 20 May 2017 ……………………………………………………………………………….

Please return your completed booking form by 13 May 2017 by:

email to cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org

post to CBA North, C/o The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT

We have the booking form available on the website page as a .pdf here CBA North Booking Form, 20.05.2017 and also as a .doc file CBA North Booking Form, 20.05.2017 if you find it easier to use those versions to reply.

An A, B and C of archaeology across CBA North

CBA North News

Another month comes, as does another CBA North email. This time round we have another range from across the CBA North region of what is happening and has happened. We take our prompts today from our own initials with announcements for a coffee morning (complete with archaeological display) and a report on the Coniston Copper project for the ‘C’s, an announcement for an Alpine axeheads lecture as well as a note from the Arbeia Society for the ‘A’s.

Where the ‘B’ you might well ask? That is the behind the scenes ‘busy’ that Committee are in preparing such emails, as well as our own events in April and May, for you. We hope that you will also be busy in attending these events of your own and other local groups. Hopefully the next CBA North email will be out to you by this time next week with some further news.

Nonetheless our best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 06.02.2017

TillVAS Coffee Morning
[The weekend coming up has two events; this is the first of the two posters for you – Ed].

The Coniston Copper Project: Penny Rigg
[Members will recall that we put out a call for volunteers for this project during the summer of last year. This article, contributed by Penny Middleton of Northern Archaeological Associates, details the work carried out so far, Ed.]

“In August 2016 local volunteers from the Lake District National Park, working together with specialists from Northern Archaeological Associates (NAA), undertook a survey of the remains of Penny Rigg copper mill, near Coniston (NGR NY 30656 00695). The mill is prime example of a single-phase, medium-sized, ore dressing and processing plant, associated with Tilberthwaite copper mine. The project was funded by the HLF as part of the Coniston Copper Project; a two-year programme administered by the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA), which aims to engage the local people in the history and conservation of the areas’ nationally important mining heritage.


The view across the site
 
Tilberthwaite copper mine was first worked under the auspices of the Mines Royal, during the in the Elizabethan period but mined only sporadically after this until taken over by John Barratt, former manager at the nearby Coniston copper mine, in the mid-19th century. Barratt drove a new adit – Horse Crag Level – 1,039 yard (950m) from Penny Rigg to Tilberthwaite to intersect the valuable North Vein. This was intended to improve both transportation and drainage to the mine, and was anticipated to take seven years at a cost of £3,000. However, from the outset the venture was beset with problems, eventually taking 10 years to complete at an undisclosed cost considerably which was significantly over the original initial estimate.
 
Ore from the mine was loaded onto wagons and brought through Horse Level to Penny Rigg, where Barratt and his partners invested in the construction of a new copper mill. Here the ore was sorted, crushed and processed before being sent for smelting. Work on the mill is believed to have begun in 1864 and completed by 1867-68 but it did not remain in operation long, closing soon after the sale of the mine in 1875. The mill later re-opened briefly in the early 1890s, but closed again in 1892, after which the plant was dismantled and the wheel sold for scrap.


The remains of the crushing mill 

Today, the 1.5ha site comprises the semi-ruinous remains a number of buildings – the crusher house and dressing mill, smithy and powder house – as well as various terraces, two settling ponds, leats, holding pond, spoil tips and tracks, all of which are overlain in part by later quarry waste. The entrance to the Horse Crag Level remains visible and the tunnel has recently been cleared by the Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society (CATMHS), although it is unsafe to access without appropriate equipment and supervision. To the north of the site are the expansive remains of Penny Rigg (Horse Crag) quarry, worked commercially since the mid-18th century.


Rectified photographic survey using a total station

The aim of the community survey was twofold. Firstly, to engage local volunteers in the history and conservation of the site through providing practical, hands-on training, and secondly, to prepare a detailed analytical survey (Historic England Level 2/3) of the surface earthworks and structures. The latter was required to inform a subsequent phase of building conservation. A comprehensive record of the complex was made comprising a topographic, earthwork and building survey. The focus was on ensuring the volunteers received a firm grounding in traditional survey skills – plane table, tape and offset – which could be easily transferred to other mining sites in the area. The use of aerial drones, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), reflectorless total station theodolites (REDM), and rectified photography were also demonstrated.
 
A full copy of the report can be downloaded for free from the NAA website, or contact Penny Middleton at pm@naaheritage.com. If you interested in taking part in the Coniston Copper Project then please contact Eleanor Kingston at Eleanor.Kingston@lakedistrict.gov.uk or check the project website at http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/learning/archaeologyhistory/coniston-copper for details. Further survey work is planned for March at the site of Low Mill Bonsor for three weeks.


Plane table surveying 1

NAA would like to thank all the volunteers who took part for their enthusiasm and dedication throughout the three-week project. We are also indebted to CBA North and the Archaeological and Architectural Society of Durham and Northumberland for the loan of the plane table, and to Warren Allison and his colleagues at CATMHS for their knowledge, advice and support”.


Plane table survey 2

Local group round-up: The Arbeia Society
Paul Bidwell has sent us this small snippet on The Arbeia Society whose annual conference we publicised last year;

“The Society, apart from its re-enactment group, confines itself at present to arranging the annual conference and its publications, including the Arbeia Journal, but a range of new activities are being planned”.

[We look forward to hearing of those events, Ed.]

Alpine axeheads announcement
[As the second announcement for the weekend coming, here is the poster for the next lecture of our group member the ‘Arch & Arch’. This lecture covers these axes which have been found across Britain and Europe, but will also note their comparative rarity and the science that allows the axes to be traced to source, Ed.].

Other Events This Week
Other events this week also include;

6 February – Celts, Fraser Hunter [BAS]
8 February – Excavations at Hepden Burn and Kyloe Shin, John Nolan and Richard Carlton [CCA]
8 February – Prehistoric Life and Death at Lochinver, Philippa Cockburn [NAG]
9 February – The Prehistoric Origins of the A1(M), Dr Blaise Vyner [APPLEBY]
10 February – The Clayton Archaeological Collection, Frances McIntosh [WCAS]
13 February – The Neolithic in the North-West: What makes this region different?, Gill Hey [LUNESDALE]

Contact details for each of these local societies and groups can be found through our own website pages if you have any questions regarding their times and venues.

Creative archaeology – November in CBA North-land

CBA North News

We apologise for the lateness of this issue in reaching you, but hope that the up to the minute information below is some recompense. In answer to our earlier question for a collective noun of Roman conferences we were quite taken for a “Convivium” suggested by Dave Barter, one of our many Twitter Followers.

This time the theme is ‘creation’ with notice of a recent publication, of objects from Neolithic stone axes to Victorian stained glass within the local group lectures, and the creation of our shared archaeological heritage in the construction of Hadrian’s Wall itself, the development of archaeology from antiquarianism (with reference to ‘The Wall’) as well as for a World Heritage Site and its own unique challenges.

We are gathering materials reviewing the year from local groups – if you would like to send in what your group has been up to please do – as well as looking ahead to 2017 (we already have the programmes of three local groups). These emails tend to be the most widely read, and circulated, of the year (420+ that read the email, whilst 300 viewed the website events page one day and the Twitter notice was circulated to over 16000). So it is well worth a quick note to promote your work to us, everyone else of the other local groups and members of no affiliation other than to CBA North as well.

You could be out almost everyday this week at one or other event that we’ve listed for you here!

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
06.11.2016

Northern Archaeology
The Northumberland Archaeological Group (NAG) have recently published a volume of their journal Northern Archaeology in memory of Ian Colquhoun, well-known regionally and internationally as an expert for the Bronze Age, in particular of metalwork and specifically swords.

This contains a range of articles which CBA North Members and followers might be interested in – two cover Bronze Age swords with one written by Ian from his MA thesis on the findspots of Northumbrian Bronze Age swords and one with a member of his lifelong learning group on a single sword from near Durham. An obituary of Ian and bibliography of his publications are also included.
The results of two landscape surveys on the moors of Hexhamshire and near Chatton, and an article on Northumbrian stone circles, complete the volume. This can be bought for £12, whilst back numbers of the journal containing a range of articles – not just on Northumbrian archaeological sites or finds – can also be bought by non-members at a range of prices.

Contact details for NAG, as well as the contents of previous volumes of Northern Archaeology, can be found through these links for their website and Facebook pages.

Events this month
Below the usual listing of all the regular local group lectures still to come this month that we know of. Please let us know an additions to the list to let everyone else know.

7 November – Pagan Viking Burial in Scotland, Dr Colleen Batey [BAS]
9 November – Annual General Meeting and Grimes Graves and the Neolithic Flint Mines of the UK, Pete Topping [NAG]
10 November – Recent excavations at Vindolanda, Marta Alberti [APPLEBY]
12 November – Light without Morris: alternative perspectives on Victorian stained glass, Dr Neil Moat [ARCH & ARCH]
12 November – The Arbeia Society Conference: ‘An Exceptional Construction’: the building of Hadrian’s Wall [ARBEIA]
26 November – Annual Study Day and AGM: The Theban West Bank Tombs: new Research and Directions [NEAES]

The Birley Lectures
The creation of the archaeological past is to be covered in this lecture on Tuesday. All are invited to hear Durham’s own Professor Richard Hingley at this lecture – one of a new series – at Durham.

Durham WHS 30th Events
Also in Durham, though on Wednesday night, is another lecture on the creation of heritage. Like others in the series we’ve publicised earlier in the year this lecture will also cover the challenges – in this case for an area even more remote than the remotest parts of CBA North.
We, of course, cover have two World Heritage Sites – Durham Castle and Cathedral is one, whilst Hadrian’s Wall is part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire as the other. Might we yet cover a third in the Lake District in 2017?

Regular archaeological events for May

REGULAR EVENTS FOR MAY

Here is a list of local archaeology group meetings across CBA North’s area that we know of for this month. We range from hunting in whales in The Arctic with TILLVAS this week to Ancient Egypt with NEAES later in the month.

Along the way there are talks on the Romans – from the large-scale economy with BAS to the personal on glass bangles with NAG – to the lime kilns and lead industry of the North Pennines from APPLEBY and SANT respectively as well as other talks again.

4 May – Whaling in the North-East, Tony Barrow [TILLVAS]
9 May – The Economy of the Roman Empire: dynamic or stagnant?, Jeremy Paterson [BAS]
10 May – Evening Walk to the Smardale Lime Kilns, Carol Doughtery [APPLEBY]
11 May – Art connects people: Iron Age and Roman period glass bangles in Continental Europe and Britain, Tatiana Ivleva, Newcastle University [NAG]
14 May – AGM at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, with a talk on the Scottish Soldiers Project, Dr Andrew Millard [ARCH & ARCH]
21 May – The Mummy Pits of Ancient Egypt, Tessa Baber [NEAES]
25 May – Owners and Agents; managing a large lead business in the 18th century northeast, Greg Finch [SANT]
31 May – Community Archaeology: Getting Involved in Research, Dr Jon Kenny [TAS]
Date to be confirmed: May – Annual General Meeting [CCA]

For the further details of the relevant societies, their venues and meeting times see their links from our CBA North website. These can be found in the Events as well as Local Societies and Groups pages.

There are doubtless other events happening this month – please let us know if you would like us to publicise your groups to a large, and archaeologically interested, audience across Northern England and beyond. This can be done at our AGM in June or through emails to our Members and Followers.

If you have been sent this email and you aren’t a CBA North member or group why not consider joining us? Details for joining us can be found on our website.

Free Access to Routledge Archaeology publications

CBA North Members will already have been sent this this (as a benefit of membership), so for CBA North’s Followers might also be interested in this offer in case people haven’t already seen it with lots available for sites and finds across CBA North-land.

CBA North note that there are of course lots of good things to read in printed form as well with the libraries of local societies as well when this offer closes as well, but in the meantime…

Routledge Archaeology, Heritage, Museum Studies and Conservation

From 4th-17th April 2016 you can access our Archaeology, Heritage, Museum Studies and Conservation journals for FREE*. There is no need to sign-up or register, simply click the links below and start reading today!

Discover our Archaeology journals

Explore our Heritage, Museum Studies and Conservation journals

*This exclusive offer is only available via this page between 4th-17th April 2016 and to post-1997 content only.

If you are using Google Chrome please ensure you have the latest version in order to read these journals.

Coach trip to see the Celts

The newest group member of CBA North – the Northumberland Archaeological Group – has sent us details of their planned coach trip to Edinburgh on Saturday, 21st May, to see the Celts Exhibition at the National Museum for which there are spaces still available.

This will leave Newcastle at 8.30am and return by about 6.30 pm. Details and costs etc. are to be confirmed. Those interested in attending should contact Caroline Allott, tel: 01670 513365, or e-mail: cballott@aol.com. Be sure to give your contact details and whether you are entitled to concessionary entrance to the museum. You can also write to 75, Low Stobhill, Morpeth NE61 2SQ, but be sure to give phone number and enclose an SAE.

Please respond to Caroline if you are interested in attending by Monday, 11th April at the latest. Further details on NAG and their programme can be found in our webpages here, and also in our Local Societies and Groups page.

Roman Archaeology Seminars

Please see the attached poster for tonight’s Roman Archaeology seminar at Newcastle University. As ever, for the Romanists, this takes place in Room 1.06 of the Armstrong Building, Newcastle University.

A map can be found here for those unfamiliar with the layout of the university.